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to get your take on it. >> reporter: a new letter now to barack obama, president barack obama from four key democratic senators here urging the president not to negotiate with republicans over raising the nation's debt ceiling, but take a listen to how they express this. they say we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that america does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis without congressional approval, if necessary. high ranking democratic senators signing this including harry reid, dick durbin, chuck schumer and patty murray so there the democrats seem to be signaling to the president and shoring up his left flank that they are willing for him to take extraordinary measures to avoid breaking through the debt ceiling, that is, if republicans don't agree to raise the debt ceiling. they would like the president to do almost anything he can, including what -- apparently what they call the constitutional option which is the 14th amendment in which the president would simply say that it's unconstitutional not to honor the nation's debt and s
so. rush are limbaugh has a half interesting point to make about the haegle point now. >> obama is going to be the first democrat to actually cut the defense budget. i shouldn't say cut dismantle the military. this is more than cutting the budget. he wants to dismantle the military just like western europe did theirs. so get a defense secretary to preside over defense cuts, the result of the cuts is the dismantling of the military in order to pay for a growing welfare state. >> so inside that madness there is an interesting point. if you are going to do a defense cut it is heis helpful to have defense secretary who is a war veteran and a combat hero. somebody who is popular with the troops. so he has a credibility with the men and women with the members of the armed forces. there are going to be cuts to the military. we may want to remind rush that it has caused us to have the see coa quester. >> if you are a republican senator and you want to do the bidding of defense cob trantrac. you don't want to go end him. that he in his own experience in combat and as a senator believes i
democrats, even more importantly from democrats once the obama administration took over but they also strongly supported what we were doing and help keep the pressure up and treasury. c-span: former senator jim bunning from kentucky had this to say during the confirmation process. >> the bailout loan unless $50 million for your office. and so, you will have a very ample amount of resources. but i have serious concerns with your nomination. the nominee may be a dedicated public servant. he appears to be a skilled prosecutor and man of integrity, but i wonder why taxpayers should have to pay $50 million to a watchdog who will have nothing to watch. ultimately, i believe mr. barofsky at his impressive legal skills can serve the public far better in the southern district of new york where he can continue to prosecute mortgage fraud. c-span: river senator bunning coming on? >> guest: senator bunning was supposed to t.a.r.p. in the first place. i think he was uncomfortable with creating another new federations see what they $50 million budget. it's an understandable concept. a lot of people
and from a democratic perspective where you can't. but i'm not sure that that would be all that different if somebody else was in the budget director's job. this is president obama setting these priority. the democratic caucus is going to be the same no matter who is treasury secretary. >> there is also, john, advicive -- is there an advice role that treasury secretary played? certainly geithner played that role as an economic adviser to the president. >> right. exactly. >> no question. >> steve, one thing, what do we know of jack lew's relationship with wall street? with the big banks on the street? with, you know, the financial titans that he may have to muster and bring together, if in case we do have another financial crisis? i agree with you, if he can bring fiscal sanity, everybody that i've talked to would be thrilled. and it would take a lot of volatility out of the market but what they are worried about is lack of relationship that timothy geithner had and apparently mr. lew didn't. >> he was their regulator. co-call these guys up on first-name basis. we know jack lew had contact
, a democratic caller -- caller: i am loving it. i am glad that obama picked chuck hagel. it is about time we got a real american hero that does not have to be vetted by cowards like lindsay gramm and the apac crowd. why doesn't he moved to israel and joined the knesset because many of us don't feel like he feels about israel and their politicians should not have to be vetted by a coward like lieberman or lindsey graham. host: why are you calling them a coward? caller: it is all about israel to these clowns and i am sick of it. we give these people $3 billion per year and all they do is give us guff. that is why. host: we are taking your phone calls this morning. about foreign policy challenges in 2013. this is the opening section of "usa today" - >there are other stories in noting that the former senator, chuck hagel, when he was in office, approved about $38 billion in aid for the jewish state along with multiple trips to beat -- to meet with leaders there. that is a little bit of background on chuck hagel. david, indianapolis, democratic caller -- caller: good morning. i wanted to comment on t
democratic and republican lawmakers are expressing concern after president barack obama nominated him to be the nation's next secretary of defense. >>> new this morning, the attorney for the only suspect in custody for the attack on libya says he has been questioned and reportedly he posted reports on social media shortly after the attacks on the consulate began. >>> he fired on nato and afghan troops killing one british soldier. it happened in the most violent providence in the country. gunman fired at both afghan and british troops. the number of insider attacks has increased dramatically. >> they will be back in court for a hearing, one that will determine if this case goes to trial. it was a very emotional day in court, victim's members sat in court and remembered that day they helped to save lives. officers broke down in tears to recall that horrific scene july 20thth when 12 people were killed and 20 others were wounded. that court hearing is expected to last until friday. >>> well the fbi is digging up a second well in sacramento county. they say a convicted serial killer led
, of course, went on to become a democratic senator from massachusetts. he is now president obama's nominee to be secretary of state. eric shinseki went on to become an army lifer. he went on to become a four star general. he was appointed secretary of veterans affairs by president obama, in president obama's first term. general shinseki is expected to stay on at veterans affairs in the second term. if senator kerry and senator hague really confirmed in the two positions for which they are nominated, which especially in the case of senator hagel is no sure bet, but if they are all confirm, this will be the first time that there are three vietnam combat veterans in the cabinet. the expiration of vietnam as an american political issue -- and the expiration of the issue of vietnam service for american political leaders, that expiration date has been prematurely proclaimed for decades now. when bill clinton in 1992 won the presidency, despite having not served in vietnam, and his opponents trying to use that against him, it was said at the time that the vietnam era in american politics was fina
kudlow. this is "the kudlow report." a developing story tonight. four democratic senators send a letter to president obama urging him to do whatever he can to sidestep congress and increase the debt ceiling. but he cannot legally or constitutionally do that. john boehner reacts by saying washington must stop spending money it doesn't have. >>> speaking of sequester spending cuts, defense department is gearing up, so is homeland security. and the tsa. did you get your paycheck today? notice something missing? the payroll tax holiday is over. will this middle class tax hike really damage the economy? "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up tonight, a developing story. four democratic senators sent a letter to president obama late this afternoon. they want him to use any means necessary to raise the debt ceiling without republican house spending cuts. that's right. cnbc's eamon javers has the details. >> reporter: let me get right to exactly what that quartet of senators said. in their letter to president obama which was viewed widely as shoring up his left flank in the politica
to use the democrat's own campaign rhetoric against them saying obama is waging a war on women by not having enough of them in his staff. on his radio show yesterday huckabee criticized the president for appointing a bunch of white guys and faulted the democratic party for promising women contraception and abortions but not positions of authority. some of the administration's most powerful women are leaving in the upcoming months including hillary clinton, u.n. ambassador susan rice and senior adviser valerie jarrett. more coming up on the "bill press show." stay with us. iq will go way up. (vo) current tv gets the converstion started weekdays at 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy. just be grateful current tv does not come in smellivision. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv. [ male announcer ] the exclusive air suspension in the 201
, and you don't find a lot of democrats other than in liberal districts that wouldn't need barack obama's help anyway campaigning with the president. they use, you know, the obama apparatus and the pelosi app apparatus for fundraising, and that's it. there was a so-called drive to 25. that's how many seats are necessary for democrats to flip and regain power. there appeared to be a moment in time when a particularly after this woman kathy won on -- >> in upstate new york. >> in upstate new york, yeah, on taking chris lee's seat on a mediscare platform basically, looking to be the winning argument for them, saying the republicans end the medicare guarantee, but now that's not sufficiently potent to get them the majority. >> i want to take the moderator at the texas book festival's prerogative here and ask about a texas congressman who you write about in the book. one of these freshman elected from corpus christi who is a very interesting guy if you pay attention to the delegation. he's more interesting and fun to write about and cover than the others. why did you pick him to write about?
. the wars are a factor in the debt, but entitlement spending is overwhelmingly driving. mr. obama had two years of a democratic congress which drove the wild spending. sorry to upset you with the facts. rosemarie nicholson of new jersey, what took you so long. too bad you didn't talk about obama's agenda to socialize the country before the election. now, rose marie, you and the guy from minneapolis are the same mindset. a fair and precise poll, 80% of the factor said that. i did not use words socialism as facts, because that's an opinion. betty santos, albuquerque, new mexico, where does it all end. we have military people coming back home with serious injuries and the taxpayer is being forced to pay a million dollars to give a convicted killer a sex change operation in prison. i am shocked and disgusted. totally the correct reaction, betty. this is crazy and irresponsible and massachusetts, the big problem up there with that kind of nutty stuff. brian mathews, garden city, new york, bill, i served in iraq with the marines and 2nd battalion. respect your patriotism, looking forward to see
is getting heat from democrats, supposed lack of diversity. today, president obama nominated jack lew to be his next treasury secretary. the third white male in a row selected by the president for position in his cabinet. where are the women? and the minoritys? in the cabinet of our liberal president? here is a congressman charles rangel thinks about that situation. >> it's embarrassing as hell. it could be the harvard people where people just know each other, trust each other and women and minorities don't get a chance to rub elbows. he had four years to work the bench. >> kimberly: "new york times" ran this photo showing the president with a group of all white men advising him in the oval office. the white house quickly snatched it and relesioned this 4info instead that has a much more diverse crowd of advisors. i'm with him on this. where are the women? where are the minoritys? they make every place better, right? >> bob: i'm a minority every day. >> kimberly: do you need a hug? >> eric: we have three smart women. greg got a flu shot. he has the flu. >> dana: but he has had it for
. coming um, charles rangel is "embarrassed as hell" at the makeup of president obama's cabinet. yes, the congressman wants more minorities and more women. dem on dem violence when we come back. get ready. ♪ ♪ >> kimberly: the white house is getting heat from democrats, supposed lack of diversity. today, president obama nominated jack lew to be his next treasury secretary. the third white male in a row selected by the president for position in his cabinet. where are the women? and the minoritys? in the cabinet of our liberal president? here is a congressman charles rangel thinks about that situation. >> it's embarrassing as hell. it could be the harvard people where people just know each other, trust each other and women and minorities don't get a chance to rub elbows. he had four years to work the bench. >> kimberly: "new york times" ran this photo showing the president with a group of all white men advising him in the oval office. the white house quickly snatched it and relesioned this 4info instead that has a much more diverse crowd of advisors. i'm with him on this. where are
from republicans. it's also coming from democrats, as well. "the daily beast" writes, quote, obama isn't captain liberal. he's the president and liberal pundits up in arms about the fiscal cliff deal seem not to recognize the difference. obama is the head of a country. michael is here to join us now. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you, tamron. >> you bring up entitlements and eventually will be addressed here but the fiscal cliff deal, a lot of people -- well, some progressives, anyway, feel they were given is short end of the stick. >> i think if you make a list of the things that obama got out of that deal and things that the republicans got out of that deal, obama's list is a lot longer. you know, he got the tax increases, not the tax increases he wanted exactly, it's true. but he got the unemployment extension which the republicans didn't even insist got paid for as they say an offset. $30 billion of extra spending of unemployment and that's a big went and other things. the republicans didn't get very much at all. you know, certainly, that's an obama win. >> when you wr
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. senator harry reid reportedly warned mr. obama is refusal to negotiate on the debt limit and the sequester could be a strategic blunder. nancy pelosi making it clear that the democratic priorities called for even higher tax hikes. >> i don't think that democrats are saying that we aren't havi spending cuts. we have agreed to over a trillion dollars in cuts in the budget control act. so we all know how we proceed has to be in three parts. revenue and growth to bring money into the treasury in cuts in establishing our priorities in a way that does not harm her future. >> our congressman joins us tonight to discuss the battles over the debt and gun control and immigration and whether the republicans have the guts and will to fight this president on those issues. the unemployment rate remaining flat. washington talking about everything right now but jobs. we have a guest to talk about jobs ming out. and new york's putnam county. publishing the names and locations of gun owners. is the right to privacy overridden by a newspaper's ideology? we will take that us tonight. our first guest says that
, this is taking place right here in obama's america. for example, nancy pelosi, and the democrats have been urging the president to bypass the constitution, article 1, section 7. urging the president to use the 14th amendment to raise the debt ceiling and only today did the white house spokesman jay carney seem to back off that unconstitutional idea, but with this group, who knows? obama is increasingly relying on executive orders to bypass congressional authority, now, this is what he refers to as the, we can't wait initiative or as i call it get the republicans the hell out of the way initiative. he's been using this for infrastructure projects and policies, and made several recess appointments while the senate was officially still in session. no president has attempted that power grab and halted deportation of illegal immigrants and adoptions of the dream act though he failed to pass it through congress and unilaterally changed welfare requirements without submitting them to congress for review. even the office said he should have consulted congress in that case. what you're witnessing is an ou
democratic control for its last two years of obama presidency where is the incentive for the two parties to get along co? >> i do not see much of one. republicans are going to try to go back to their district and say, i put up a good fight. democrats are going to back and say, there obstructionist. do not send them back. with those types of dynamics, it is set up to be just as disagreeable as the last congress. you heard the congressman said, i think they're going to call for bipartisanship. it is what a bit tricky battle for both of them. >> agreed. everyone was having their kumbaya moment, talking a good game. then immediately they started fighting just like they had for the two years previous. the republicans lost eight seats. the people better here now are more conservative than they were before. you'll see the same gridlock we saw over the past it of yours. -- two years. everyone keeps asking, what can they get done? the better question is, what do they have to get done. that is what they will get done. i do not think it will give anything done more than that. -- they will get anyth
he'll get a knew criticisms from the left but these will be from democrats who don't want to see president obama's nomination defeated. and brennan will respond by we don't do that enough anymore. we can have the debate but going forward, we're not going to do enhanced interrogations and i would think that would more or less settle the matter. >> jennifer: so do you think they both get confirmed? >> i think hague legal be tough. he is going to have to show that he is willing to rethink some of his positions. i like the fact that he is a bit of a contrarian but i think some of the conversation is going to be very useful. if he tries to stick with every position he took over the years, he could run into some heavy opposition, but my guess is in the end he will probably be fine and probably get 70 or more votes. >> jennifer: i agree with you. thank you so much for joining us inside "the war room." after the break what do the democrats make of the implosion in the republican party? well, i'm sure they wish it would hurry a long a little bit. peter fenn will help us ou
: to quiet complaints by democrats that hagel is a t republican, mr. obama secured o endorsements from his outgoingrs defense secretary leon panetta and top counterterrorism advisor john brennan also nominated as director of the c.i.a.re >> chuck hagel is a patriot, he's a decorated combat veteran, and he is a dedicated public servant. de >> i very much look forward to v the opportunity and privilege too serve with another of america's great patriots, chuck hagel.pa >> reporter: but hagel has taken positions unpopular with both democrats and republicans. while in the senate, he voted for the 2003 iraq war but came to believe that war was mismanaged. he voted against some sanctions on iran aimed at curbing its nuclear program and opponents also highlight his commentsr about israel and gays.s of israeli influence on the u.s. hagel said: the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i'm a united states senator, i'm not an israeli senator." hagel also opposed the nomination of james hormel as ambassador to luxembourg in 1998 because hormel was openly gay. "i think it's an inhibiting f
jersey set himself up as a figure looking down with mostly scorn at the democrats and republicans in terms of the middle of the country that feels anti-congress . not all that keen on president obama either it is a pretty good position. >> she - on he does have to run for reelection. >> the decision to delay the vote to make sure the money was well spent. bill kristol defended it. >> it is indefensible and we talk about well spent money, shut down the entire congress. come on, it was a political move and there was a response to a political move that was genuine not only by chris christy but pete king who said the same thing. disaster money should not be politicized. >> the point, justin critics of the bill said it was not all disaster relief. >> let it go to the floor. the speaker had an open vote and he could have done it here and they had the vote to pass it >> media mean seems to be that the gop was out of touch and divided. many judy , agree with that. was that the way the headlines were casting this thing. >> it is politics and from the headlines it was all politics and not s
and that is your 5@5:00. >>> folks news in just a few hours president obama will nominate former senator chuck hagel. it has been met with strong criticism including from hagel's own party. good morning jennifer. >> what has republicans and democrats up in arms are remarks hagel made when he was in the senate about israel. in a 2006 interview with aaron david miller hagel said the following, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people here. i am not an israeli senator i am a u.s. senator. hagel favored direct talks with iran and is one of two senators to vote against sanking iran. many are questioning the president's choice. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran sanctions won't work that it is negotiating hamas which is an organization terrorist group that lobbed thousands of rockettes into israel. >> his defenders point to his two purple hearts in vietnam. >> chuck hague elt is a tremendous patriot served incred
. obama broke a string. first successful democrat getting a big major health care program through some since 1965. just one other story that's very important. when harry truman proposes national health insurance, the reader in the senate, the senate minority leader, the republican leader in the senate, bob taft wasn't a warm individual but he gets out and he calls this the most socialistic bill ever before this body and he actually walked out of the hearing with the battle the message has been cast in stone. every suggestion by a democrat for expanding health care views socialism treat people will remember how big a fight in the obamacare debate was remarkable coming and we tell the story clearly in the book. every single time in this socialism, it is the end of america as we know it. it is a huge rhetorical battle and it is always one-sided. the republicans, the opponents would say this is socialism. this is bureaucracy run amok. this is death panels. death panels stand in a very long legacy. the democratic response, no, no it's not, this isn't socialism. let us tell you the details o
for us, me, woke up in 2008 and thought what can i do today to get barack obama elected president. having fight a democratic president on social security and just to be clear, he put -- he publicly admitted he put social security benefit cuts on the table. that is not a position i want to be in. that's not what i worked for in 2008, and what some of the other people worked for >> host: worked for it in 2012? regretting working for the president? >> our organization prioritized congress in 2012. the number one candidate was elizabeth warren calling out the ig and big wall street bankers yesterday. we raised over $1 minute 15 million, from 69,000 small grassroots contributions. >> host: in the last election cycle? >>>> guest: the last cycle. it was a couple months before she decided to run, raised $100,000 before she decided to run so on the day of the campaign she could hire a staff and port together a confident campaign, which she did and had 30 candidates overall this cycle that were successful. we ensured we didn't work to undermind the president. that would have been a disaster if mitt
hold among the prominent members of the republican party going against democrats, in particular, against obama, is their primary job. of course, that's not true. and that's what happens when -- this is the kind of outcome you get when that's the political drive. people should be punished for that kind of political partisanship because it hurts everyone involved. i'm actually -- i think if he's going to go outside of the sort of liberal core of his philosophy, he should go to the progressive wing for a change which he hasn't done if that's what the game is. in terms of the republican betrayal, it is very much about towing the party line. >> john: i agree with you. all three members of the platinum panel will stick around for more. we'll ask perhaps the hardest question of the night. could the tipping point for a sane drug policy in this nation actually be justin bieber? if so, can we send him to syria? that's next. 21 >> john: add a fresh face with an excellent haircut to the controversy over the war on drugs still being waged in this country, i'm not talking about me. i'm talkin
's a democrat. he voted for obama. a liberal on social issues as well. they famously didn't have fox news in the headquarter. usually when you go to the military headquarter they have tv screens and have fox news on. he didn't. c-span: you say who is the fellow dave silverman? >> guest: a character. a navy seal who became one of general's most trusted right hand men, and very dynamic guy. very interesting guy. very entertaining guy, very accomplished individual. in fact now and dave had a great time hanging out with him on this trip, and now day silverman is the ceo of the mccrystal group which is his consulting firm he set up. c-span: you say in your book i've seen other places he's on the boards. >> guest: jetblue. he's offering training seminars for a lot of money. c-span: he got along pretty well. >> guest: $60 ,000 a speaking engagement and he has a book. c-span: go back to the moment who said yes you could come inside? >> guest: i got the e-mail from duncan and duncan said why don't you come over to paris where general mccrystal is going drum up support for the nato allies. he e-mai
. democrats point out obama has already agreed to specific spending cuts and delay the deal gets the nation to about half of revenue it needs to resolve the red ink. dick durbin said there are plenty of things where people can park their money offshore and not pay taxes. these are things that need to be closed. we can do that and use the money to reduce the deficit. >> social security is not the problem. >> stephanie: right. >> it is something we paid into. if they lift the cap, it is solvent for -- >> stephanie: thank you. >> for the foreseeable future. >> stephanie: mitch mclipless. >> i wish the president would lead us into this discussion rather than putting himself in the position of having to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table to discuss the second biggest issue confronting our future. >> stephanie: rude was right. that was some unfortunate imagery from a white guy from kentucky. >> perhaps we should put him on some kind of boat. >> stephanie: okay. mcconnell was asked repeatedly whether republicans were prepared to see the nation default on spending obligations. that would
. >> live from america's news headquarters, i'm kelly wright. president obama under increasing pressure from some in his own party to avoid default without congressional approval. senate democrats are encouraging the president to consider bypassing congress if necessary to prevent the nation from defaulting on its spending obligations. this, if lawmakers cannot agree to raise the nation's 16.4 trillion dollar debt ceiling next month. well, the flu outbreak reaching epidemic levels. the flu is now widespread in 47 states, look at this map right now. everywhere, but california, hawaii and mississippi, but the biggest concern is that the vaccine supply is already start to go run low. the fed say it's killed 20 children, no count yet how many adults have died. i'm kelly wright, now back to cavuto on business for the latest headlines, log on to foxnews.com. . >> neil: all right, these aren't jobs from the movie outbreak. a triage unit at a pennsylvania hospital, more are going up for treating the latest flu cases and it's not just hospitals across america that are feeling rundown. so is the ameri
and democratic speaker tip o'neill, but the basic structure is sound. >> that's president obama during the first presidential debate decribing social security as structurally sound, he has no plans to change it. but there are new dire warnings that the fed is badly underestimating the amount they have to pay in the coming years and we don't have enough money to do it. for the sense why this issue is getting new attention, in there were beneficiaries, had a.4 million. by the end of 201155.4 million, a 22% increase in just 11 years. back in 2000 social security beneficiaries paid out 407.7 billion bucks, by the end of 20 2 2011, 698.1 billion. it's not getting better from there. fox business's gerri willis is with me. we don't have enough money. the two guys took a comprehensive look and op-ed said it's worse than anybody is letting you know. we're going to run out of money, the social security trust fund is going to be depleted years earlier than the feds suggest. what is the time frame we're looking at? >> well, let me tell you, this is a huge, huge problem and you can blame the baby boomers bec
control? 288 members, the overwhelming majority of congress. it's enough to intimidate democrats, too. just listen to joe biden in 2008. >> barack obama ain't taking my shotgun, so don't buy that malarkey. >> reporter: but recent polls suggest an opening for some gun control. a majority now favoring a ban on semiautomatic handguns. but it would be a mistake to think the nra's influence has waned. in the three weeks after the shooting in newtown, connecticut, they added more than 100,000 new members. diane? >> all right, thank you jonathan karl. and in those three weeks after newtown, now, another school shooting today, at a high school in california. police say a student with a shotgun wounded a 16-year-old he was targeting, then shot at but missed a second student he was targeting. somehow a teacher and supervisor talked him into putting the gun down. the student he shot is in critical but stable condition tonight. >>> and now, a warning for millions of people who take sleeping pills like ambien. today, the fda said there is evidence that these pills can stay in the body longer than
for democrats politically? if barack obama gets his republican secretary of defense or if republicans who, after deep sixing an african-american woman for secretary of state, now turn and savage one of their own? what's better for barack obama? because i personally think that republicans killing hagel's nomination is the best political thing that could ever happen to democrats. because it makes republicans just look obstructionist. >> well, i'll dial that back a couple points on the meter. the president losing a nomination fight would be bad for him and there would be costs on both sides. i think you're right in the sense that if i think what all of us think is that he will get through. and if they can work this thing in such a way as to highlight his strengths, all of the things we've mentioned here, and make republicans look extreme in the process of trying to bloody him up, it could be a win-win for the president. he gets the guy he wants and makes republicans look bad in the process. i think you have to look at -- watch these guys, watch john mccain on this because all of the brothers in the
democratic contributors in the state of texas, and there are very few democratic candidates in texas to give money to. all of the office holders at the state-wide level are republicans, but they are major contributors for barack obama, went after rick perry a couple of years ago, ran an ad chiding perry, daring perry to engage his democratic opponent in debate. ran full page ad with a picture of perry on it with the word coward on it. and so have a relatively young guy in these fights is really a feather in the cap of those folks, both democrats in texas and folks nationally. >> jennifer: democrats in texas often seems to be an oxymoron but for those outside of texas who know there are strong democratic supporters who are willing to poke rick perry in the eye gives us comfort. today rick perry actually slammed governor cuomo's proposed assault weapon's ban. what is going on in texas? do texans agree? what are you hearing on the ground. >> the legislature has convened here in austin, and the action and reaction and discussion and talk that i hear in texas, a
't is in a very weak position and democrats are killing themselves if they think that the american people want to continue overspending. and the debt that obama is running out. we can give the president a month of debt ceiling increase or six months or year. then you have the continuing resolutions. because the democrats have not passed the budget or written a budget in more than three years, we have a continued resolution. beyond your points are very good. thank you. neil: they say no deed goes unpunished. did you hear about aig? it just keeps on suing. at a dry cleaner, we replaced people with a machine. what? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it? hello? hello?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello? ally bank. your money needs an ally. i took my son fishing every year. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a re
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was to move in and eradicate the encampment in a coordinated effort run by obama's administration because it terrified the power lee and the democratic party, the kind of liberalism that speaks in the traditional language and has demanded of the kind of constituency that they purport to represent. i watch what political pluralist this does and that is essentially what has happened. we have a system that is incapable of responding of the legitimate grievances and injustices that are being visited on tens of millions of americans. half of this country is now living in either poverty or a category called near poverty and what is the response of the corporate state. for hundreds of thousands of americans which means tens of thousands of these people are going to lose their homes and they are all about to push us over the so-called fiscal cliff. corporations no only one word and that's more to read because of the restraints, the regulations and the impedimenta corporate power have been lifted, they have as understood and karl understood modified everything to get human beings have become commo
risks for the obama administration, for the democrats in this gunfight. >> there are a lot of political risks. if gun control was easy, they would have done it a while ago. the assault weapons ban has not been renewed for eight years, wolf. it's been sitting out there. and i think in my conversations with administration officials, what they are going to come up with and that sort of echos what jim was saying, they are going to come up with what someone describes to me as a menu of options. the menu of options will include a ban on assault weapons and also include closing the gun show loophole, limiting purchases of the high-capacity magazines. so they are going to put those options out there he a there is attention inside the democratic party. do you make a huge push on assault weapons and hurt yourself on the other list or do you kind of ease up on assault weapons and maybe go after the magazine clips, which some people believe would be more effective. don't forget, there's a lot of history here and joe biden was the person managing the 1994 crime bill, which included the ban on assaul
that i'm not sure it's only one side or the other. i think it's more egregious with the democrats because they've run up debts over a trillion dollars, and the smallest obama deficit is more than twice the largest bush deficit. so, these are historic, but look, this is the guy obama wants. i don't think you can get anybody really different in the treasury position, and i think in the end, he's going to be confirmed. >> sean: what do you think, standing back, big picture, because the president clearly wants a lot of fights. he's willing to fight on chuck hagel and here you have a guy, john brennan for the cia who said that jihad is a legitimate tenant of isl-- tenet of islam and he said that he's not going to allow the debt ceiling debate to be died to spending cuts which we desperately needs. he obviously -- he wants a fight. what do you make of the strategy that he's employed. >> i think what's happened to him is he feels that by winning a second term, with a slight addition of democrats in the house and the senate he now is, you know, king of the the world to quote an oscar winner of by
headquarters. >> today a new year and a new fight in washington. president obama and congress are set for another fiscal show down over the borrowing limit. democrats say congress must raise the debt ceiling to pay the bills. republicans insist any debt hike should be accompanied by spending cuts. >> my idea is to have a comprehensive view. we talk about tax simplification and fairness as something we should be engaged in long before the fights came along. now we have a chance to do that with a heightened awareness bit public on why we need to do certain things. let's put on the table what it is we can in order to increase revenue. >> it underscores the appetite for more taxes on the other side. we resolved the tax issue a few days ago. everyone taxes are going up because that is how the law was written. a few days ago 35 percent of -- 95 percent of senate republicans voted for tax release for the american taxpayers and not a single republican senator voted to raise anyone's taxes. >> molly is covering this live from washington, dc. what is the latest? >> rather than private negotiati
elected and safe obama might get some more opposition from the left, from democrats? i'm thinking maybe on drones or extra judicial killing or some of the things that maybe some liberals had been quieter on waiting for obama to get re-elected? >> i think that's definitely a big issue. you know, looking at the picks that the president announced yesterday for national security team, i think what you are seeing is obama administration sort of trying to reshape how they think about things and drawing down the war in iraq, u.s. troop presence there, i got off a white house conference call. you're looking at now a pentagon and a white house that's sort of thinking about conflict s differently. using drones and lethal force in that way rather than full scale war, escalating in a country and a war and that will continue the criticism that the white house is secretive about the drone program. they don't talk about it and almost don't acknowledge it and clear that the president is committed to this and an issue from the left. >> david, as s.e. said, i think the left did not for most or all of pre
with them. they want to send a message and want to send a big one toe president obama and congress just days before the president's second inauguration. bill: a democrat in california, self-proclaimed devoted sportsman leading a congressional task force rather on gun violence. congressman mike thompson says he wants to hear ideas from every side before he meets with the vice president scheduled for monday of next week. >> i think we all need to be involved. this needs to be the part-time profession of everybody for a while until we get it right. bill: congressman thompson, already considering recommending a ban on assault weapons and limiting the purchase of certain magazines. also under consideration is proposing a national background check. martha: all right. dealing with the mortgage meltdown. there are some brand new rules that are about to be unveiled and they are meant to protect borrowers from loans they can't afford and from the kind of debacle we saw in 2008. but it could make it very difficult for some people to actually get a mortgage. stuart varney joins me now, host of "varney &
than democrats. i think now there is a chance to look at paychecks, they are getting head. obama didn't take from the ridge. rich. everybody feels like they have been betrayed. 77% is probably a lot higher and i think that the democrats are as upset as republicans are. lou: many think it was a 2% tax hike right off the bat. after all the flowery language about how they are going to protect the middle class. that's your fair share for this week, we will see what it is later. now, gun control. coming after the second amendment rights for every american. despite the president saying that he would not protest. is there anything that this administration will not press going forward? >> this administration will say one thing and are exactly the opposite. the congress doesn't have the courage to do anything. >> but he said he was going to do this. he is telling people to wait until my second term when i can do whatever i want, and that is what we are seeing right out of the gate two i just want to go to one second. it struck me this week that somebody earning $50,000, they are looking at exa
's policies. >> the most controversial thing for him for the democrats is are his fingertips in the c.i.a. bush years, obama seems to think that's not a problem and has indicated he doesn't think that's a problem for him. the drone program, it's popular. it's popular with the americans, it's president obama's significant national security program -- sitting national security program. the polls show the american public supports this program. gwen: one of the things that comes out of this conversation with karzai at the white house is the echoes of iraq. pulling out is so much harder than going in. so is there any fear, any concern as they begin to come up with a plan for withdrawal in a year, leaving behind residual forces, whatever, that they might get stuck? >> sure, when you hear karzai talk about, we're not going to necessarily give immunity to american soldiers, something that we put status of forces agreement front and center all over the world, that's the same thing that the iraq negotiations broke down over and it's a clear red line. the good news is, they're starting much earl
. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. but of course republicans on the hill are panning this pick. and some democrats as well have some concerns. critics charge that hagel's support of israel has been lacking, and that he has not been tough enough on iran. they point to his comments, once describing apac, the leading pro-israel lobby, as the jewish lobby. and also to his lack support for unilateral sanctions against iran. but here at the white house, they're pointing to his support for sanctions from the u.s. as well as its allies, together, forming sanctions against iran. this is something president obama referenced today in the east room. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand with allies. and with friends. as a successful businessman, he also knows that even as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely. and keep our military the strongest fighting force the world has ever known. maybe most importantly, chuck knows
popular nominees from democratic presidents. >> and i will continue to support people chosen by president obama that i would not have chosen. senator kerry has a lot of different views than i do. we're on the opposite ends of the political spectrum, but i respect him. i think he's a thoughtful man. i think he's in the mainstream. i'll have a hard time voting for anybody to be secretary of defense who believes that the surge was a foreign policy blunder. i'll have a hard time supporting anybody for secretary of defense who believes that the iranians are misunderstood, that we should just negotiate with them and not sanction them and to ask israel to negotiate with hamas who is trying to kill israeli children and not recognize that hezbollah is a terrorist organization and to be so wrong on afghanistan, it's probably going to be a bridge too far for me and a lot of others. this is a controversial pick. he is an antagonistic figure when it comes to the state of israel. it's a signal you're sending to iran at the worst possible time and to our allies. >> are you opposed enough to filibuster t
versions of how obama would like to be seen as a democrat. americ midwesterner. straight shooter. seems to rise above part sfwlan politics. this is least the sort of idealized chuck hagel that we're being given right now. >> well, kind of, right? there's also, like, the very unidealized thing working. >> both at the same time. it's interesting to me that obama fought for this and didn't fight for susan rice, you know, and maybe that does suggest, as maggie was saying a minute ago, that the white house sort of thinks that even though we're having a lot of bluster right now, that this may be a nomination that has, you know, pretty good shot in the long run. >> i think ultimately you have to think about it in the context of the foreign policy team. what does the whole team look like? now you have john kerry. you have chuck hagel. you have brennan. i mean, i think that is also part of the pitch that they're going to make on the hill to -- for these nominations is that this is going -- think about this as the team not just the individual. >> one thing, though, i would add -- >> it's a lot of
, could the number of women and president obama's cab they actually decrease? joining me now for our thursday democratic strategist jahmal simmons from "the new york times" p, jackie collins. welcome all. congressman, i want to start with you. do you care being congressman still? >> former honorable would be just great. >> i never know anybody with congress with the low approval rating. i don't want that title. >> i deny it at every opportunity. >> i want to ask you about this issue of debt ceiling. will you make the debt ceiling folks no matter what it is -- a vote that is a negative? >> well, i don't know yet. i mean -- i don't think it is a debt ceiling debate. i think it is a data debate. republicans have a simple message, do we want more or less debt? we want less, they want more. i think that they have public opinion on their sides. it doesn't matter if they are not going to use the leverage. i'm not convinced well there are some republican leaders that argue dlin is a losing argument important the republicans. but government shutdown and funding the government is a better leve
. members already introducing 10 bills. democrats once wishing for gun restrictions. mayor thomas marino is hoping that president obama will sign gun-control into law this month. meanwhile, the illinois lawmakers arguing about gun rights and gun rights advocates surface again in the next session of the legislature. for now is oer. my next guest has a unique y in which to protect his state's school kids, proposing to arm one staffer in each of arizona's schools following the tragedy at sandy hook elmentary. joining us now, attorney general of the grim state of arizona, also state superintendent to from 2003-11. great to have you with us, attorney general. >> great to be with you. i think you have been interviewing me for a lot of years and. lou: it has been a while. we don't have to count them all up. we come up with intriguing and i think provocative ideas. i would like to get a sense of what the response has been to your proposal. >> well, what i tried to do is find the golden mean between two extremes. some people oppose that all teachers be able to bring guns to school as much as they
the controversy around hagel's in in today by president obama or nominated. >> they floated -- the administration floated his name last month and there's been a firestorm of criticism since then that is come mostly from right-wing republicans, but also a little from pro-israel democratics that is based around his views on israel, iran, some comments he made about a decade ago about a gay nominee to the ambassador the last to be ambassador, and just general right wing republican conservative voting record in his two terms in the senate. all of these attacks have been coming for about a month. just at the end of the month, obama finally defended him and we found out friday he was confirmed to be the likely nominee, today or maybe tomorrow morning. >> talk about his record. what is the controversy about? talk about the three i's -- israel, iran, iraq. >> there's been a lot of articles recently written saying the republicans don't like him because was the first major republican to get a turn on the iraq war. he did vote to authorize the war, but was more skeptical than most going in. it is reported h
unconditional support for israeli government policies. on monday, the ranking democrat at the house foreign affairs committee, eliot engel of new york, said he believes chuck hagel has a tictac endemic hostility toward israel." brennan was a rumored pick for the job when obama was first elected in 2008, but was forced to withdraw from consideration amidst protests over his role at the cia under the bush administration. brennan has publicly supported the cia's policies of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques and extraordinary rendition, and was a key proponent of drone strikes in obama's first term. as his nomination was announced, the activist group codepink gathered outside the white house in protest. in a nod to the potential opposition he faces with hagel's nomination, president obama urged lawmakers to give his choices a speedy confirmation. >> i hope that the senate will act on his confirmation as promptly. and when it comes to national security, we don't like to leave a lot of gaps. between the time one set of leaders transitions out and another transitions in. we need to get m
on twitter, quote, she introduced the first bill of the 113th congress to repeal obama care in its entirety. you might recall republicans have tried at least 33 times before this. those are efforts that have no chance of passing since the senate is controlled by the democrats, and the veto pen wielding president isn't likely to repeal his own health care bill. congresswoman bachmann is not alone picking up on old fights. in the first few days of the new congress, republicans have tried to re-engage in fights over anchor babies, defunding planned parenthood, and passing a personhood bill. in other words, here we go again. michael steele is the former chair of the republican national committee and an msnbc political analyst, and bob shrum is a democratic strategist. let's look at this one. here is michele bachmann, who might be fighting to repeat obama care, but john boehner concedes it's a losing battle. in an interview with abc after the election, the speaker said the election settled the issue of obama care. i thought it was a reasonable statement by the speaker. let's listen. >> i think t
is a democratic strategist. let's look at this one. here is michele bachmann who might be fighting to repeat obama care but john boehner concedes it's a losing battle. in an interview with abc after the election the speaker said the election settled the election of obama care. i thought it was a reasonable statement by the speaker. let's listen. >> i think the election changes that. it's pretty clear that the president was re-elected, obama care is the law of the land. >> you know, somebody said on the show the other night something about a few bad apples spoiling the bunch, michael steele. you're laughing because -- i didn't think that was true. if you do get a couple bad apples, they're rotten, been around too long and you put them in with a bunch of other apples, when you pick apples at the safeway, you look to make sure they haven't messed up the other apple, you have people in the republican party that wants to go back to the goo gooey stuff of that causes nothing but tribble. with attack it again? >> i agree with you. and your point to vote about your fruit analogy there is bad apples can ak
the bush and the obama administrations, and it is something that, let's be honest, the progressive democratic wing hasn't wanted to speak out about, but i think you need to do it issue by issue and stand for, as the president said, i believe in his inauguration, his first one, that we don't have to trade our security for our values. it's incumbent upon us as citizens to continue to speak about that. >> here's the problem, though. what you said is absolutely right. then when you figure out the calculations on the ground because people are trying to be strategic and practical and practicing matic at the same time. they say, look, i want to make an effort to resist the president on strategic basis. then i throw in with these neo cons over here if i do that and they are smearing him at will. >> i agree there is a trend -- >> what about people who are the in middle? >> look what happened to the senate and the flight of the moderates? olympia snow, dick louinger, kay bailey hutchison, ben nelson, they are gone. chuck hagel is having problems because he is a man without a country. he has
. those ten soft democrats i know about would have been hard. >> it was interesting national democratic jewish collation came out this morning a with statement we're happy with some of the things hagel said about israel. >> the most pro-obama of the jewish groups. >> this is the real heart of the confirmation fight. he apologize for about the gay appointee. i think it's going to be an argument about israel. this is really where the heart of the matter is. >> jen, answer this criticism. i heard this from the left. why is it obama now had three shots at the pentagon and twice he turned to a republican. this is just playing into the stereotype that democrats can't handle the military? >> i think that's an entirely separate issue he chose chuck hagel because he likes him personally, which is important to the president. and because he has the right combination of toughness and experience. you know, he's a guy, they have to make tough cuts at the pentagon. he is the guy i think the president who thinks can do that. >> three of the last four defense secretaries appointed by democrats have been
't appeared that the obama administration or democrats really are acknowledging that so i've heard they're going to go right back to the well because they only got $600 billion in tax increases. they want, supposedly, $1.2 is the president coming down on his initial demand of $1.6 or whatever. so we need to -- we need to come back to the well on tax increases, and double down on what we already got. without -- and i'm not hearing anything about spending cuts. >> well, first, our problem is primarily a spending problem. >> you've heard what they said, though. >> what the truth is -- but the truth is we're going to have to have more revenues than this last deal. and by the way, the truth is also, you're not going to be able to confine it to people making over $200,000 and $250,000 a year. the numbers don't work. look, here's -- >> eamon just said -- >> why is that the case? you're saying it's a spending problem. and -- >> primarily a spending problem. here's what we need to do. look at all the deals that have been done. august, 2011. this fiscal cliff deal. whatever is done from this poin
, president obama is going to use an executive order to ban all lot of guns himself. a democratic house leader, elected last president for trying to bypass congress happily pushing the 14th amendment so that this president can bypass congress. a president who talks shares sacrifice, but 40 times more tax hikes. republicans say we will stand on principle but happily fold like cheap suits. democrats to say the time for talk is over but then say addressing runaway entitlement spending is off the table. talk is cheap. breaking promises is cheaper for. doing both in little more than a week, remarkable. i'm not the youth to say i am stunned that those in power often say one thing and do a power -- do another. it is almost as if they don't care how brazenly sound -- funny face down and disingenuous they are. us. we will see you next week. >> good evening. i m. lowrie rothman. america's longest war is closer to an end. obama set in motion a reversal of policy to negotiate with terrorists. you heard correctly that includes talking to a group thththat is accused of aiding international terrorist. that w
think those critics who say that about president obama's strategy they are probably right. president obama has a strong hand he has a better hand in washington than republicans do. the problem with things like gun control; in the senate even modern democrats join with republicans. if he tries to do something unilateral with debt ceiling or with guns the fight we are seeing right now and the fights we have seen in the last four years they will pail in comparison to just how locked down the whole city becomes over something like that. it would be such an incredibly melcose stand for the president to take especially on something like guns. probably less so in the debt ceiling. another thing that is shocking it senate majority leader reed and those in the senate acting unilaterally. when the last time you heard a chamber of commerce saying take the power away from us. he lost his power. >> nancy pelosi has been saying that on a number of issues as well. the american voters went to the polls hoping congress would work better together. the president's rating dipped slightly, too recently.
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, general clark ran for president in 2004 as a democrat. i want to start with you, because as we were watching what took place with the meeting with president obama and president karzai. we know president karzai does want the troopses out of aftering aftering, but now this symbolic meeting and the talk that came from yesterday, what does it mean going forward for 2014? >> president karzai wants the american military mission in afghanistan to be over, he does want american troops to stay in afghanistan primarily to train afghan forces and the forces capable of taking care of their own land and analysts would disagree with that and the reason he wants american forces still there isn't necessarily to fight the insurgency in afghanistan. he's hoping he will have an effect across the border with the insurgency that he says stems from pakistan. >> general, have we met our goals there? >> do we know what our established goals are other than going after osama bin laden? >> the mission evolved over time, but first, under secretary rumsfeld we weren't going stay and then we got in a fight in 20
't have to govern. that is not sustainable. we leave the playing field to the democrats and barack obama. host: darren is on the phone from baltimore. good morning. caller: good morning. for having me. wonderful. i'm very thrilled. i have been watching c-span since i was in high school and i appreciate the show. i have seen john on other programs. you do a pretty good job. host: i bet you haven't seen him with a green tie. i know there's a game in baltimore today. i think there's a football game in washington, d.c. caller: we are very excited about the game. host: let me explain the green tie. guest: notre dame is playing in alabama and that is the only game that matters to me. that is why i'm wearing and i'm going to the game. caller: ravens have a game, too. a lot of story lines in football this year. i was calling because, you know, we have been continued of having the same fights since i was young. we have all known about the three problems that we have -- not problems -- the biggest amounts of spending. defense, medicaid, medicare and social security, which doesn't add to our defici
. >> a lot of drama. because the senate majority democrat he will probably get in. >> bill: it doesn't matter. >> i think it matters. >> you really do? >> the votes are there to pass him. >> brit hume, everyone. whether barack obama will harm the country in pure pursuit of his ideological agenda. warming up in the bullpen as >> bill: interest is a chance president obama will press his ad vantage after being reelected and try to take the country as far as left he can if the president democrats go for tax increases on businesses and affluent all hell is going to break loose and folks are going to get hurt. everybody knows that with us is juan williams and mary katharineham. if you were advising the president take look what we got and look at reform in entitlements, that's what you would say to him, wouldn't you. >> he has got to look at reforming entitlements. that's part of the legacy is he trying to build, bill. i think it's very important for him to look at spending at part of this package. but let me just tell you, i don't care he is an idealogue. i don't think he is any far left winger as
this is a blatant ru scmplet e a con on the taxpayer. president obama is a big fan of plan the parenthood. the head of planned parenthood was given a prominent speaker at the democratic convention. he knows what it does and how much money it is getting from the taxpayer. mr. obama also knows what the hyde amendment says. so we have a problem, mr. president with all due respect. it's clear the obama administration is spending an enormous amount of one agency that specializes on n. abortion. this in a time when the national debt is crushing the american people. so that's wrong on many levels. we need a congressional investigation into the funding of planned parenthood. since the senate is controlled by democrats, we don't expect that body to cooperate in any investigation. we are asking members of the house to take a hard look at what could be, what could be a gross violation of federal law. we will let you know what congress people step up and agree to do that. and that's the memo. top story tonight opposing point of view with us christina page author of the book how the pro-choice movement saved am
themselves to the fact that they're going to be four more years to obama and they have a little less incentive to hang him for every misstep he has but democrats are incentives to watch him more carefully. one, payment, you know, a number of groups, unions for one, invested heavily in barack obama's re-election and i'm sure they want some roi now. two, accountability on the promises the president made in the first term, promises on gay marriage, promises on immigration, maybe promises on guns now. and third, this idea of a liberal legacy. think i that a number of folks on the left were willing to forego or ignore some of the issues in his first term that now they're looking at. the idea of drone strikes, shadow wars, extra judicial killing. i think all of that is going to come to the front a little bit more. and just this week alone we saw some pushback from the left on obama's lack of diversity in his cabinet appointments. krystal, you delivered a rant and scolded the president and rangel had this to say yesterday. >> it's embarrassing as hell. 'we have been through this with mitt r
. -- the obama administration. this movement terrified the power elite and in particular the democratic party, this kind of faux liberalism that speaks in the traditional feel your pain language and has abandoned the very constituency that they purport to represent. that is very dangerous. i covered the war in the former yugoslavia for the "new york times." i watched what political paralysis does. and that is essentially what has happened. we have a system that is incapable of responding to the legitimate grievances and injustices to are being visited on tens of millions of americans. half of this country is leaving in poverty or a category called near poverty. what is the response of the corporate state? it is to cut unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of americans, which means tens of thousands of these people are going to lose their homes and they're all about to push us over the so- called fiscal cliff. corporations know only one word and that's more. and because all of the restraints, the regulations, and the impediment to corporate power have been lifted, they have as unders
democratic established as embodied by rahm emanuel and barack obama and stepped outside those mechanisms of power to respond. labor is fighting a rearguard action. in order for the bailout to go through, uaw had to accept or dick -- except a decline in salaries for older workers from about $76 an hour to $50 and had to agree the new plans to hire workers at $14 an hour and had to agree that they would not strike. if it struck, all of the bailout money would have to be repaid. while the democratic establishment holds up the sagging auto industry, what is the unspoken -- against labor to protect the working class. >> i am a member of occupied boston. i work with that gentleman a good deal, making noise in the streets. the first comment is, a huge percentage of occupied is indeed minority. a great portion of our effectiveness is that we are not outsiders, we are on the side of the people in the streets, the locals. it is not outsiders coming in, it is the people themselves. we are helping each other. that is just a comment. my main concern is twofold. i have a virtual daughter, she is 27. s
of democrats is calling on president obama to ignore the legal debt ceiling and barrow more morning without the consent of congress. they've signed a letter endorsing this drastic and legally questionable action, arguing the president could invoke the 14th amendment to raise the debt limit if republicans stand in his way. quote, in the event the speaker, that is speaker john boehner follows through on his reckless threat, they write. we would support your use of any authority available to you including the 14th amendment to preserve america's full faith and credit and preserve further damage to our economy. a new gallop poll says 77% of americans say washington politics is causing serious harm to the nation. let's talk about it with steven hayes a writer for "the weekly standard" and a fox news contributor. this would give the president unlimited power to raise the debt ceiling any time he wanted because he deems it in theest interest of the country? >> it would indeed. there is another proposal that's been floated out there that suggest -gs that the president mint a trillion dollar coin to
to push this stealth ledge slaix into president obama's health care reform bill. the question is how did they do it and why and why whatever you think of the law one of the president's top allies, a democrat, actually helped the nra get it passed? no surprise that there's a big dose of politics involved here. jim acosta tonight is keeping them honest. >> reporter: when president obama signed national health care reform into law, few in washington knew that buried in the legislation's more than 900 pages was a gift to the nation's powerful gun lobby. but here it is. a provision entitled "protection of second amendment rights." it states, "the government and health insurers cannot collect any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition." the provision was such a secret, "the washington post" reports that some people in the white house didn't even know it existed, despite being in the president's signature legislation. health care advocate john alker did notice it and has a hunch where it came from. >> how do you think this got in there? >> i don't
own. >> now at the same time, democratic leaders in the senate are advising president obama to consider any lawful steps to avoid a debt ceiling crisis, even fit means acting without congressional approval. the associated press reports majority leader harry reid is among those urging the president to consider options like invoking the 14th amendment to find ways around the nearly $16.5 trillion cap on government borrowing. and newark, new jersey mayor corey booker is one step closer to a senate run after filing paperwork with the federal election commission this week. meanwhile, politoco reports a top aide to democratic senator frank lawsuit enberg called booker "self-absorbed" accusing the mayor of bee trying the democratic party by skipping a run against republican governor chris christie. >>> well, joining me right now we have msnbc contributing and managing editor joy an reid and white house reporter for the "washington post." and with a hello to both of you, david i'm going to go up to you first. let's go to afghanistan with the president accelerating the withdrawal of
with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman, served incredibly in vietnam, served in this country as united states senator. >> and president obama is about to lose his treasury-secretary. tim geithner is the last original member of his economic team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by the end of february the treasury will lose the power to pay america's's bills and across the board cuts kick in march 1st and the government will run out of all control fund buying the end of march. jack lew is expected to inherited those headaches and president obama has promised quick action on joe biden's proposals for new gun control laws following the school shootings in connecticut. >>> the vice president's plan could be bogged down. a task force led by vice president biden is devising legislation to reform gun control laws. "washington post" reported that it could be background checks and set up a national database to track gun sales and make it harder for the mentally ill to purchase guns. the
it is in europe. obama would have been toast. he would have been crushed in the election. the democrats would have lost control of the senate and such. and these folks, even today, are climbing the failure to achieve the grand the trail -- the trail and safety net is the great disappointment. they not only tried to destroy themselves and the country, they are continuing to do that, indeed, but for harry reid, literally throwing the obama administration's suggestion that they do cuts to the safety net in the fireplace and burning it up, they would have gotten it as part of this interim austerity deal that was just done about eight days ago. >> we're going to take a break and come back to this discussion with william black, professor and matt taibbi, rolling stone editor. we will be back in a moment. ♪ [music break] >> this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. >> we turn to look at the state of wall street for years after the massive bailout and the news of this week's mortgage settlement with the major banks. matt taibbi has just wri
the current economic collapse. in a statement, democratic senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts said -- a new report says the obama administration spend more money on immigration enforcement in the past fiscal year that it did on all other federal law for the agencies combined. immigration policy institute says the u.s. spent about $18 billion on immigration enforcement programs, surpassing the combined budgets of the fbi, bureau of alcohol, tobacco crossfire arms and explosives, drug enforcement administration, and secret service. the number criminal prosecutions for immigration related violations has skyrocketed, now accounting for more than half of all criminal prosecutions of the federal level. the report's authors conclude obama's top priority when it comes to law enforcement. illinois is said to become the latest to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. the governor has pledged to sign a new bill that will allow about 250,000 immigrants to become licensed drivers. only washington and new mexico currently allow licenses for undocumented people while utah all
moments in washington. in late 2010, democrats and republicans started a fight over extending the bush tax cults for wealthy americans ultimately president obama signed an extension of the tax cuts for all taxpayers. now, four months later, the president and congressional leaders cut a budget deal that cut $38 billion in federal spending for the year. that agreement, if you recall, came less than two hours before the government would have shut down. in august of the same year, the white house and congress were in the same position they're in now, bumping up against that debt ceiling. that provision of the deal created the fiscal mess which we have still not solved. and congress closed out 2011 with the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits two days before christmas. he had another massive fight on a relatively modest stopgap measure that both sides had largely agreed on. of course i don't need to remind you about the fiscal cliff fight we just got done with. congress could not come to an agreement even as massive spending cuts and tax hikes were scheduled to take effect. but congress s
and it at no cost. the image of wom democrats' convention was that women were utterly helpless unless the government stepped in and provided birth control and abortions that perception was furthered by the absurd political ad of the obama campaign about a woman named julia who from cradle to grave depended on good old uncle sugar for everything from education, a job, healthcare, food, housing, and retirement. now, the women in my family and the women i know and work with, well, frankly, they are as good as any of the men that i know and work with i never thought of them as being helpless and unable to function without someone from the government or some man sheparding them through life. silly me. it just never occurred to me that i needed to see women as helpless. i guess that's why the liberals went stark rating linda blair with her head spinning circles and pea soup enraged at me. i'm not the one that you ought to be mad at. i was just saying what some of your heros have said. you see, if women aren't getting much more than birth control pills and abortion from this administration, sure not my fau
on the advisory board means he's had some input into the obama administration's decision making on national security issues. >> we mentioned across the aisle there are democratic lawmaker who also have problems with hagel partly because of the israel issues, but what's the back story there? >> in 1998 the blunt-spoken mr. hagel made comments about a man president clinton had serve, the first openly gay ambassador and hagel described him as openly aggressively gay. he issued an apology and he told that he never received the apology, just the media did. and gay and lesbian advocacy groups are weighing in and count on the spectacle that official washington loves, the knockdown, dragout confirmation battle. it will be interesting, james rosen, thank you. >> thank you. >> your health insurance rates could be going up by double digits. providing to increase premiums despite the obama administration's new health care law and succeeding. as you know may know the the affordable health care act was meant to stop the rising costs of health care and the people who do not have employer provided insuranc
disagree with them on things he's a mainstream liberal democrat that president obama is putting in his cabinet. what president obama and chuck hagel always supporters are doing is suing the record that are different from most of the obama supporters. if he wanted to make other members of the armed services committee secretary of defense if he wanted to take a republican like olympia snowe nobody would have much to say about that. he is entitled to have his own cabinet. chuck hagel has said things and cast votes that are out of the mainstream and would send a very bad signal to our enemy and friends. i'm prelt tee convinced frankly that he won't be the right person to be secretary of defense. martha: one last yes based on a story on politico that sort of is about you and your effort to create a reformist organization for the g.o.p., to kind of recraft your party, and the vision for it going forward. what do you think about that? is that true? >> someone mentioned to the politico reporter that i was thinking of doing that. and he reported, i said yeah i'm thinking of it. there are plenty
to come up with a way to complain? >> i think when you're the out party you have to complain. democrats did the same thing with george bush. chuck hagel, when he was a republican, these comments were fine. now that he's somebody that barack obama likes there's an issue. anytime you make criticism of israel and the united states there will be problems. when you talk act cutting military spending there will be problems. but ultimately is that enough? you want to cause this kind of fight with the president? not right now with the debt ceiling and bigger issues looming. >> what do you think of jack lew? he's to replace tim geithner. seems that we're on the verge of a different kind of philosophy now. >> yeah. i think what's interesting is barack obama is getting to people who are closer to him. jack lew used to be chief of staff. obama's like, look, my first term i was getting all the people to make america happy. now i'm getting people to do what i want them to do. a lot of people didn't like how fiter in did the job so obama is putting his own thumb on this one. >> people said he's too mu
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